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Quick Takes: TBS snags 'Cougar Town'

May 11, 2012

"Cougar Town" is packing up and moving to a new address.

The ABC sitcom starring Courteney Cox, which has a loyal fan base but has never drawn a huge audience and may have been close to getting axed, has been given new life by TBS. The series is moving to the cable network for its fourth season.

TBS also has acquired the encore rights for the first three seasons of "Cougar Town" that originally aired on ABC.

—Greg Braxton

Mindy Kaling gets new show

Mindy Kaling will depart NBC's "The Office" to write, produce and star in the comedy "It's Messy" for Fox next season, playing a doctor trying to balance her personal and professional lives.

Fox also has ordered a medical drama, "Mob Doctor," staring Jordana Spiro as a surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago Mafia and is forced to moonlight for them while also working full-time at Chicago's most prominent hospital.

Another new Fox drama will be "The Following," featuring Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent searching for a serial killer, played by James Purefoy, who has created a cult of killers.

The network also picked up two comedies: "Ben & Kate," about a single mother whose brother moves in to help raise her baby, and "Goodwin Games," about siblings who inherit their father's fortune.

—Yvonne Villarreal

From La Jolla to Broadway

A new biographical Charlie Chaplin musical that began in 2010 at the La Jolla Playhouse has set an opening day for Broadway.

"Chaplin" is scheduled to open Sept. 10 at the Barrymore Theatre in New York. The musical made its debut two years ago in La Jolla under the title "Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin." The moniker changed to "Becoming Chaplin" following La Jolla and now has been shortened to just "Chaplin."

The show features music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and a book by Curtis and Tony-winner Thomas Meehan. At La Jolla, Robert McClure played the role of the silent film star, but no casting has been announced for the Broadway run.

—David Ng

$37 million is paid for 'Elvis'

A version of Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis" brought in $37 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

The silk-screen work, which depicts Presley in a cowboy pose, is one of 22 images that Warhol created of the rock singer.

The auction house said it was the first "Double Elvis" to appear on the market since 1995.

Sotheby's didn't identify the buyer of the work.

Wednesday's auction also featured Francis Bacon's "Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror" and Roy Lichtenstein's "Sleeping Girl," both of which sold for about $45 million.

—David Ng

Latin Grammys adds awards

A year after the Recording Academy caught flak for reducing the number of categories for Grammy Awards, the Latin Recording Academy is expanding its field.

The organization said Thursday that not only will there be 47 categories for the Latin Grammys on Nov. 11, an increase of one from last year, but there also will be 10 nominees instead of five in the categories of record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and new artist.

The Recording Academy handed out Grammys in

78 categories this year, down from 109 the year be-


—Lee Margulies


Updike home: The John Updike Society said it signed an agreement that, if zoning changes are approved, would allow it to purchase Updike's childhood home in Shillington, Pa., to preserve as a memorial to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.

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